Lady Knights swept by Logan, 5-4

Bryan Walters

April 12, 2014

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — The more things change, the more they stay the same.

For the second time this season, the Logan softball team squeaked out a one-run decision over Point Pleasant after claiming a 5-4 road victory Friday night in a non-conference matchup in Mason County.

The host Lady Knights (8-4) had their four-game winning streak snapped while also being swept by the unbeaten Lady Wildcats (13-0), who claimed a 1-0 decision at LHS on March 28. PPHS outhit the guests by 9-7 overall margin, but also committed four of the five errors in the contest.

Logan claimed a brief 1-0 lead in the top of the third, but Point countered with two runs in its half of the third to take a 2-1 edge. Elizabeth Bateman led off the inning with a bunt single, then Payton Fetty walked to put two aboard with nobody out.

Karissa Cochran followed with a two-out single to right, plating both Bateman and Fetty for a one-run edge after three complete.

Two errors and a bunt single by Chastidy Wiley allowed Summer Collins to score in the top of the fifth, which tied the game at two apiece.

The Lady Wildcats took the lead for good in the seventh as Kelsey Ward led off the inning with a pinch-hit double. Ward later scored after a bunt by Hannah Kolovich allowed her to reach safely, then Wiley singled to put runners at the corners with one away.

Aaron Ward doubled home Kolovich for a 4-2 lead, then Sam Curry plated Wiley with a sacrifice fly to left for a 5-2 advantage through six-and-a-half innings of play.

Point Pleasant responded with a pair of one-hits by Rebekah Darst and Makinley Higginbotham, then Cochran delivered a two-RBI single and advanced to second on the throw to the plate — making it a 5-4 contest with one out.

Logan starter Hana Sedlock wrapped up her complete-game decision by recording a strikeout an inducing a pop-up over the next plate appearances, allowing LHS to secure the one-run triumph.

Sedlock allowed four runs, nine hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out seven in the victory, while Cochran took the tough-luck loss after surrendering five runs, seven hits and zero walks over seven frames while fanning seven. Both pitchers allowed four earned runs.

Darst and Cochran led the hosts with two hits apiece, followed by Fetty, Higginbotham, Bateman, Megan Hammond and Michaela Cottrill with a safety each. Cochran drove in all four RBIs for PPHS, while Fetty, Darst, Higginbotham and Bateman each scored a run.

Wiley paced Logan with three hits, while Curry, Kiana Hill and both Wards added a safety apiece to the winning cause.